Keown: Liverpool star not good enough for England side

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown analysed England’s squad for their trip to Slovenia.

Speaking ahead of England’s clash with Slovenia, Martin Keown told the BBC that Liverpool’s Adam Lallana isn’t good enough for the XI while lamenting the absence of Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.

Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions ran out 3-2 winners in an exciting clash in Ljubljana, but not after a disappointing opening period where the visitors fell 1-0 behind.

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling was guilty of missing of spurning some good opportunities, chances in which Spurs striker Harry Kane would have fancied himself to score.

The Spurs ace was absent as he is to appear at the U21 championships instead, while the rest of the team weren’t quite at the races against a stubborn home side.

Roy Hodgson had to make changes at the break, but before kick-off Keown felt the former Fulham boss was lacking real quality on the bench to change the game and highlighted Lallana for harsh criticism.

“Midfielder Adam Lallana is not really good enough. Striker Harry Kane should really be in this team. Can any of them really push on? The midfield is the area I am most worried about,” Keown explained.

The former Arsenal man isn’t shy in voicing his opinion, and at full-time he may have to rethink his assessment as Lallana’s introduction coincided with a much better second-half display.

The Reds’ midfielder replaced Manchester United’s Phil Jones, with Jordan Henderson slotting in to right-back to allow Lallana the opportunity to play in an attacking midfield role.

The former Southampton man took 33 touches, posted an 89.5% pass completion rate and played a big part in both of Jack Wilshere’s superb goals.

The 27-year-old many not have had the best of seasons during his debut campaign at Anfield, but there is little denying he has talent and can make a difference to the England national team.

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